Michael O. Smith ~ Founding Chairperson

Michael O. Smith ~ Founding Chairperson

Bronx, NY

October 16, 1942 – December 24, 2017

Dr. Michael O. Smith was a psychiatrist, acupuncturist, addiction specialist and public health planner who was the Director of Lincoln Hospital Recovery Center from 1974 to 2011 when he retired. He graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. He was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell Medical School and certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

He is internationally known for developing the use of acupuncture in the field of chemical dependency. More than 2,000 treatment programs worldwide use the Lincoln Hospital model.

As Chairperson of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), Dr. Smith provided consultation to city, county, state, federal, and United Nations agencies in more than one hundred settings. He was the first person selected for the national drug court Hall of fame.